About Me

I have just completed a 4 month placement with Sustainability Victoria to establish community energy projects in Gippsland.  It was terrific work with passionate, skilled people who are shaping the fundamental change that is needed in electricity generation. This was after 10 happy years at the helm of the South East Councils Climate Change Alliance where we conducted projects in both mitigation and adaptation on behalf of our region of councils.

Prior to that, I worked in education, public policy and programs and in environmental activism.

It’s not as though all of my time now is my own, but the choice regarding how I spend it is. Until recently I was a member of a Ministerial advisory committee, the Central Coastal Board, of Regional Development Australia’s Southern Melbourne Committee, one of 55 committees across the nation that develops the evidence base for and makes recommendations about regional development to state and federal governments and I stepped down as a Trustee of the Caroline Chisholm Education Foundation, providing scholarships to students such that education can offer more broadly the life-transforming opportunities of learning to students who otherwise couldn’t afford further education at Chisholm TAFE.

I am conducting bird walks and talks around Melbourne, reviewing and evaluating interpretation programs for ecotourism agencies, I am presenting addresses to schools on the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals and I’m running quiz nights for community social groups. In between these activities, I step out across this wide brown land to add to my life list of Australian birds, currently sitting just shy of 660 species.

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Latest Blog Posts

Daily Links May 21

The environment is the big loser (apart from the detainees on Manus and Nauru) just as the Pentecostal PM has been the big winner. Black-throated finches mightn’t be able to …

Daily Links May 20

I was in Nambour many years ago trying to enlist a local river manager as a Riverkeeper for Waterkeepers Australia. He leant back in his chair, all beetroot-headed and pot-bellied, …

Daily Links May 19

Australia could have voted for a fair dinkum response to climate change, but we didn’t. These climate refugees from Fairbourne in north Wales will join those from submerging Pacific Island …

Daily Links May 18

Repeat nonsense often enough and enough of the gulllible will accept it as gospel. Here’s the data on which party is the best economic manager. The relentless demonising of the …

Daily Links May 17

Is climate change the most important issue? Well yes, if you want a habitable planet.https://earth911.com/business-policy/millennial-politics-climate-change/